Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
There's reason to fret about the hitting. The Cardinals weren't great offensively a year ago and they've subracted Marcell Ozuna. Maybe Dylan Carlson can offset that loss at some point, but this team is counting on Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong to deliver big bounce-back seasons. Also, the Cardinals would love to see Paul Goldschimidt turn back the clock. What are the odds of all that happening?
I'm guessing Craig Berube will lean on the previously established offensive chemistry, at least initially. But I'm sure we'll see all sorts of combinations. Unfortunately, I believe we will see players coming and going from active duty due to the virus, which only exacerbate the line shuffling.
Joe West seems to think the virus is some sort of hoax. For his sake I hope he is more careful with his actions than he has been with his words.
I am not sure what the MLB contingency is for game-day casualties on the umping crew, but I imagine it has some back-up plans. It will have to, because circumstances change day to day.
Although the Cardinals went all-in on Jeff Albert for this season, a bad start to this season coming off of the 2019 offensive struggle would definitely create some pressure. The Cardnals let some good staff go to eliminated mixed messaging, so Albert's message better work.
What's your opinion on whether college football should even try to crank it up this fall?
I believe it has to try to play, because failing to do so would destroy college athletics.. Spring football could conceivably help less the damage, but if there is no football at all this academic year then college sports as we knew them would suffer irreparable harm.
Yeah, it's probably that or spring football -- and the networks would not be thrilled with spring football.
These intrasquad games would get old in a hurry. I mean, it's nice when hitters can give pitchers feedback and Yadier Molina can coach up hitters from his perch behind the plate during an at bat, but players need to face a variety of opponents to get ready for a season.
He sits out a week, takes the Cardinals off the hook for a year of service time, then starts his MLB career.
There is reason to be concerned about the offense, yes, But the flip side is this is largely the same group that won the division last year. Carlson could match Ozuna's offense and bring better fielding. I have have dogged Mozeliak for asset mismanagement plenty of times. But when chatters say he "must be held accountable" after a trip to the NLCS, well, he was held accountable. Bill DeWitt Jr. gave him a three-year contract extension.
That could come up later, just as imposing two contracts on Jack Flaherty could come up later. In Carlson's case, this pandemic-shortened season gives the team a bit more cover to do that. Odds are the team will try to lock in both players with long-term deals once they get into the arbitration years, so that will be the team's chance to smooth things over.
No. If you're out, you're out. And in Hicks' case, elbow inflammation ended his season anyway. Once issue flared up, his season was over.
The easy answer on the Chief is he took the defending Cup champion back to another division title. He had a really good team and he won with it. That's how the voters viewed it. Berube's case was stronger a year ago. I agree with BenFred that Berube still merited consideration for the award this year, but John Tortorella built a far more compelling case in Columbus. He should get it. I'd make the same case against Bruce Cassidy that voters made against Berube -- he won with a very good team. Alain Vigneault did Adams-worthy work with the Flyers, but where's the love for Jared Bednar? The 'Lanche overcame massive injury hits this year.
No. The Baltimore Orioles were the only other team on the Puig trail. Mozeliak made it clear that he wanted all of his internal candidates to get a good look in this abbreviated season.
That is a very real possibility. If the Cardinals ever get 10 guys sick at once, as happened two MLS teams, then how can they compete? And what if that happens to multiple teams? MLB has to give it a shot, but if the virus runs amok within the industry then it will shut down.
I want to see the international tiebreaker play out. I want to see the three-hitter rule play out for relief pitchers and their managers. I want a good look at the designated hitter in the NL. Odds are I won't like the latter two changes once I see them in action, but it's worth a look. Anything beats going back to watcing Corn Hole telecasts.
I know the NFL announced pay cuts for staff, as have many college athletic departments. And pro teams have furloughed a lot of staff. As for the very top executives, I'm not sure if many are taking big hair cuts.
All but a few will be on Fox Sports Midwest. The others will be televised by a national network.